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Biddulph Community Fire Station to Officially Open

26/08/2011

Biddulph Community Fire Stations and Ahraz Ali Hassan enjoying his day at station

The newly refurbished Biddulph Community Fire Station will be officially opened on Thursday.

"The building has been transformed from a base that the firefighters responded from, to a fantastic community facility that also happens to be a fire station."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford

The community fire station will be officially opened by Mayor of Biddulph, Cllr Ken Harper on 1st September.

The station has undergone a transformation in the past year, with two extensions added to both sides of the station. The extensions have allowed a community room and additional changing facilities to be incorporated into the station. Firefighters have remained on site throughout the refurbishment programme.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford said: "Biddulph is the third station in the Moorlands to benefit from a full refurbishment. The building has been transformed from a base that the firefighters responded from, to a fantastic community facility that also happens to be a fire station.

"We’re really pleased with the end result and our partners and local community groups have already started using the new facilities."

Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Len Bloomer said: "The builders have done a great job; it’s a station that both the firefighters and the community can be very proud of."

Watch Manager, Dave Davies said: "The new station has been welcomed by all of the watch. We’ve got facilities now that we never had before, such as a drill tower for training and a dedicated female changing area."

Local councillors, community representatives and the 15 firefighters and their families have been invited to the official opening event, which will include a tour of the new facilities followed by the unveiling of a plaque.

Partners and community groups can book the new facilities, which seats up to 18 - 20 people, by emailing: northerncommunityrooms@staffordshirefire.gov.uk. or by ringing 01785 898897.